dead Jindo soliloquy

Daniel Paul Marshall

i hope Tim Miller at wordandsilence doesn’t mind that i quote his long poem To the House of the Sun in a sonnet about a dead Jindo?

Dead Jindo Soliloquy

Maggots dripping from its black
mouth like molten Bramley oozing from a split in pastry.
A white hire car likely hit it: 99% more traffic
accidents in 2016— this poor Jindo won’t make
statistic. Maggots waste not want not. i turn to my
dog & say, this body too will look like that
it is not exempt from that fate
i quote from scripture: Miller, HOS, Book 24:1.
She’s ill at ease, her eyes & tail tell all.

The corpse has many lessons, wants so little,
gives flesh & sinew to the dust or hungry animals,
its stiff tongue never argues, only lolls
in mockery of fretting that the living deal

—the breathlessly anxious are the joke of the…

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14 thoughts on “dead Jindo soliloquy

      1. Tim’s book is a monster but crammed full of wisdom as it is composed of 1000s of years of wisdom. If you get the book & see it, & read it, you’ll know why i refer to it as “scripture”.

  1. I want to write a poem like this. I saw a huge dead carp today on the rain soaked beach. That should have inspired me! Every time I walk the beach in the rain I notice dead things. Bits of things washed up in a recent rebellion.

    1. You absolutely should. i don’t know what i’d write about if not for sea junk & dead stuff to get me kick started. i see it as a sort of alchemy to turn base themes into something as necessary as poetry.
      You could do a sort of homage parody to the dead Jindo, haha, not that death is a laughing matter.

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